Thursday, February 9, 2012

Techie "Tastes"

In case you missed our January TTTalk, here is a synthesis of what was presented:

Mind Mapping (Presented by Jason Nicholson)

Mind Mapping software is an easy way to organize and design your ideas.  Attach files and draw connections among ideas so that you can plan and create more efficiently and more effectively. With collaborative mind mapping you can easily create sessions where teams work together, or members can view potential pathways for progress.  There are many mind mapping software programs, but a few of the best include:

Mind Manager
Mind View
Mind Node

For a review of mind mapping software programs, visit

Mango (Presented by Sue Freymiller)

Mango Languages - coming soon to the Library Resources page (will send a
link via the DB when we're live!).  In the meantime, browse and sign up

Mango provides web-based conversational instruction for 44 languages
(including the biggies - Mandarin, Spanish, German, French, ESL,
Italian, Arabic as well as Farsi, Pirate and more!)  Once you create
your account through the library website, you'll be able to select your
language and go through the lesson at your own pace, keeping track of
where you are every time you log out so no trying to remember where you
left off!  Download the phone app for even more convenience.

YouTube Channels (Presented by Chris Carrillo)

Check out Chris' channels below:

Digital Vault (Presented by Matt White)

Check out Culver's Digital Vault here:

MSU Worksheets (Presented by Jim Brugh)

The Worksheet/Mashup is available for free from CLEAR at
MSU.  Here is the URL for the site:

The Worksheet allows the instructor to incorporate audio stimuli into a
worksheet and give room for the students to submit a recorded response,
a matching section, a sentence completion section, and a multiple choice

The Mashup portion of the suite of programs gives the author the
capability of embedding video files, google forms, or any other sort of
embeddable content.  You can also insert other programs in the suite
like "Conversations" and "Audio Dropbox".  There are also areas for an
unlimited number of text additions like essay questions or lists of
terms for student memorization.  It is really up to the user to choose
what to insert and how much to use of it.

Google SketchUp (Presented by Phil Cook)

SketchUp allows a user to create scale 3d representations of any object, and was recently used by students in Engineering I and II to create digital Culver campus buildings.  SketchUp is free, and available for Mac or Windows.

Cloud based drive access (Presented by Phil Cook)

Ever wanted access to campus academic drives while off campus?  The access is likely just around the corner.  Currently in beta, but you should be able to login and "kick the tires".

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